Guide

Apply for or renew a Blue Badge
Last updated: 6 November 2020

Eligibility

In some cases, you might automatically get a Blue Badge. In other cases, the council will assess your eligibility. This may include going to a mobility assessment and meeting a healthcare professional.

You will automatically get a Blue Badge if you:

  • are under 16 and have a letter confirming your eligibility from your visual impairment care team
  • are 16 or over and registered or certified as severely sight impaired
  • get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance
  • get Personal Independence Payment and scored 8 points or more in the 'moving around' area of your assessment
  • get Personal Independence Payment and scored 12 points or more in the 'planning and following a journey' area of your assessment
  • get Personal Independence Payment and used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance on an indefinite or lifetime basis
  • get Personal Independence Payment, used to get the higher rate of the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, and your Personal Independence Payment decision is being appealed
  • get War Pensioners' Mobility Supplement
  • got a lump sum payment from tariffs 1 to 8 of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme and have been certified as having a permanent and substantial disability

You could get a Blue Badge if you:

  • have a substantial disability lasting at least 12 months that means you cannot walk at all
  • have a substantial disability lasting at least 12 months that means you're virtually unable to walk
  • regularly drive and cannot use parking meters because of a severe disability in both arms
  • are responsible for a child under 3 years old who needs to be kept close to a vehicle for medical treatment
  • are responsible for a child under 3 years old who uses bulky medical equipment that cannot be carried around
  • have a mental condition that means you lack awareness about the danger of traffic when making journeys


Visit GOV.UK to check your eligibility and apply for a Blue Badge.

Once you apply, your local council will process your application. They will give you a decision in around 12 weeks.

Councils can charge up to £20 for a Blue Badge. If you're unsure, check on your council's website before applying.

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